Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev -3.7%
Not sure what vintage this was, the bottle lacked marking.
A: Black with a small beige head that settles fast into a small ring of lacings.
S: Roasted malts, molasses, chocolate and a hint of soy. Perhaps a hint of toffee. Very balanced, not overly powerful but very pleasant. No sign of the alcohol.
T: The taste is somewhat sweet with lots of roasted malts, hints of dark fruits and pleasant chocolate flavors. Molasses. The finish is somewhat bitter with a hint of alcohol and lingering notes of licorice. Very well balanced composition.
M: Not overly full-bodied. Mild carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink.
D: This is definitely not the biggest imperial stout I've come across. It doesn't display any overpowering in-your-face flavors. Instead, it comes out as really balanced, very tasty and very easy to drink. I was actually a bit surprised that its character was so ordinary. But after thinking about if for a while, I think this is what makes it stand out - it's just a top example of how a plain old imperial stout should taste like.
10-18-2009 23:15:36 | More by ricke
4.85/5 rDev +6.6%
Many thanks to Mudpuppet for this growler! Poured into a Great Divide Yeti chalice. Beer was all black with a small, chocolate colored head.
Aroma was coffee, smoke, molasses and some spicy hops. Very complex smelling beer.
Very thick, yet smooth tasting. Hops upfront with the other flavors coming through as it goes down. Chocolate, coffee and dark fruit are prominent.
Full flavor that gets better and better as it warms up. Goes down easy and is a real treat. I only wish I mad more than one growler.
It's been almost three years since I've visited Portsmouth brewery and this was on tap the last time I was there. Brought back lots of great memories of road trips visiting breweries on the east coast. Thanks again to Mudpuppet for this rare treat.
01-09-2008 19:17:34 | More by drumrboy22
5/5 rDev +9.9%
Had this on tap from the Brewpub. Was presented to me in a 10oz. glass the beer was pitch black with a half-finger of tan/beige head. The head itself was thick and frothy alla cappucino. No outright signs of carbonation, but an impressive sheet of lace formed all down the sides of the glass and lasted throughout the sample. The head retained well as well throughout the sample.
The smell was innitially of darker fruits. Plum and fig are coming through quick nicely with an aromatic blend of roasted malt and alcohol. Also black coffee and slight bitter chocolate in the nose.
The taste releases the fruit flavors quite nicely. The plum and fig taste almost chocolate covered with bitter-sweet chocolate. Roasted (almost burnt) black coffee flavors and a slight but no too strong alcoholic warming. The beer is exceptionally smooth for a 10.5% ABV brew. No aggressive bitterness only that which comes from the chocolate tastes.
The mouthfeel is heavy but not syrupy. An even consistancy and balance to all the flavors. Not an assertive brew that screams alcohol, but raher more mellow and subtlely warming.
This was a great imperial stout in my opinion. It gets all 5's but in a very different way than my other all 5's (as of 10/3/05): Sam Smith Imperial Stout. This Impy has a much more fruitty flavor like a good port wine and is perfect to sip and enjoy after a meal. A very strong offering from the small brewpub.
10-03-2005 23:21:14 | More by Sycodrummer
4.97/5 rDev +9.2%
22oz bottle (Feb 2009 release) poured into a tulip.
A - Jet black body with a lace of light brown head.
S - Strong aroma comprises dark fruits such as raisin and fig, vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, espresso, and an oxidized, sherry note.
T - A cocoa-like flavor is the single strongest in this beer, yet it doesn't dominate. Kate is also very fruity, with tastes of dark fruits - raisin and fig - as well as a bit of cherry. Caramel and vanilla combine for a hint of creme brulee. Hop bitterness is low to moderate for the style, with little to no hop flavor. Some warming alcohol is present, but as a welcome addition, and there is a complementary sherry flavor. The finish is warm and sweet.
M - Lazy carbonation and smooth, full body lead to a viscous, syrupy mouthfeel.
D - Kate is a very compelling beer: with every sip, there is something new to discover, so I find myself sipping faster than might be prudent. This is a dangerously drinkable 9.5 percent. If it were more easily available, I could see myself enjoying it rather often.
11-15-2009 06:14:58 | More by trbergman
4.93/5 rDev +8.4%
08 written in marker on front, silver cap. Had her in my cellar for far too long. Nice crisp pop when opened and poured into my snifter. Slow rising seductive cappucino tan head. Quite frothy two fingers with a nice mound of tiny little bubbles in the middle. Very dark brown 95% black in appearance.
Dark cherry & plum underlying sweetness on the aroma with some deep, dark chocolate whiffs. Rounding it all off is just a touch of phenol. Truly intoxicating & enjoyable.
Galaxy lacing in the glass. Oily on the lips, dark fruit hop bitter on the nose. Prickly carb more fruit. Dark chocolate bitterness ensues. Nice and tannic, super complex. Subtely hot alcoholy with a syrupy green hoppy mouthfeel. Finishes hoppy and chocolate bitter. The growler in had in 2007 was a tad better than this, but regardless this is one fine RIS.
11-17-2009 20:56:34 | More by RustyDiamond
2.83/5 rDev -37.8%
Bottle to snifter
From notes. I was looking for the "right time" to crack this mini-whale and that was just before I departed the States to move to Ireland. Enjoyed with bspringer and mtep13.
A: Deep mahogany. A few light mocha bubbles on medium pour.
S: Cocoa, roasted malt, figs, and molasses. Hint of oak and caramel. Not as inviting as I had hoped.
T: Faint dark chocolate raisins with hints of oak, coffee, and brown sugar. Almost boring. A bit too sweet for my liking and almost no defined balance. Muddled mess here - I'm guessing that has to do with the age of it which is quite a bummer.
M: Full bodied with almost no carbonation. I wish it were thicker - especially considering the style.
O: A disappointment for sure, but I can only blame myself (I think). I sat on this too long and made the mistake of acquiring a vintage beer that seems to not age well over time. I'd be willing to give this one another shot, but I would caution anyone out there from cellaring this beer.
I will re-review it when this one comes across my glass again.
01-12-2012 13:48:44 | More by spdyfire83
4.13/5 rDev -9.2%
2012 KTG poured into my Portsmouth Tulip.
A: Pours jet black, mahogony rim, hardly any head on it.
S: Chocolate, Roasted Malts, Coffee, Vanilla, Red Wine.
T: Given the high ABV, the booze is definitely hidden in the small and the taste. Rich chocolate, coffee and roasted flavor. It has a red wine complexity to it nice from the port barrels which was nice.
M: Full bodied, rich and creamy - very smooth.
O: I really do like the beer however I dont know it lived up to the hype but nowadays, what really does? Certainly fantastic and I'd love to have more but given the value on the 11.2oz bottle, it wouldnt be my first choice.
07-13-2012 23:17:48 | More by BeRanger
4.5/5 rDev -1.1%
08 Vintage. My first Kate=2 year old Kate! Thanks Jagger.
The beer pours a thick body, with a slightly lighter color than anticipated. light amber edges when backlit, and a small light brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves not a trace. Great, fruity smell. a little less pungent than would be desirable. Cherries all over the place. Some plum and a bit of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Smells very sweet all around, with only a hint of bitter roast.
Wow. KTG does not disappoint, as I was expecting it might. The smell is actually a little misleading, and the beer is roasty throughout. Sweeter up front, with cherries, plum, and currants. Chocolate, vanilla, and molasses with a hint of toffee dominate the middle and even the finish. It is very sweet, as the smell suggests, but it is nicely balanced with a coffee-like roastiness in the finish and aftertaste. Call me crazy, seeing that this is a 2 year old imperial stout, but there is a nice, subtle hop flavor coming through in the aftertaste. A very good RIS, and worthy of its 8 spot.
Mouthfeel is very, very awesomely thick, but gets a half point deduction for being ever-so-slightly undercarbonated. The sweetness, thickness, and ABV dont combine to give this the greatest drinkability, but I definitely dont think I'll have any trouble finishing the bottle.
02-19-2010 03:07:03 | More by jdklks
5/5 rDev +9.9%
A friend of mine obtained a fresh 2012 bottle in a trade and after hearing so much about it we were anxious to break it open and see if it met our expectations. It exceeded them to the point that it became the best beer I've ever had. Everything about this beer was perfect. We spent a good 3 minutes just smelling this stout in our snifters. The smell was creamy with a hints of coffee and chocolate. A sweet smell.
You want to know about taste? Holy cannoli! The taste was incredible. A very subtle taste of coffee, chocolate, and malts. One of the smoothest stouts I've ever had. Not boozy at all. Couldn't even taste the 12%.
I can't say enough about this gem. Hands down one of the best beers I've ever had and certainly the best imperial stouts out there. Trying to get a hold of a bottle to age for a bit and have for a special occasion.
12-13-2012 20:11:02 | More by nootch23
4.6/5 rDev +1.1%
Dark brown and (surprisingly) even a little bit transparent around the edges... spotty lacing left around the glass.
Smell is a bit subdued (pretty much the same aromas that you'd expect out of any good RIS), but the flavor is almost completely unique - and in a really really fantastic & complex way. Dark fruits, raisins, molasses, licorice, etc... all layered upon one another but blending together extremely well - The port aging changes this one into something that stands apart from almost any other big stout I've tried. Each sip is a pleasure unto itself. Amazing stuff.
While this is clearly thinner than others in the style, it is certainly not too thin by any means - the overall mouthfeel and carbonation seem spot-on for this particular beer. Quite lovely.
HIGHLY recommended and definitely worthy of the hype. GREAT beer.
06-13-2011 22:01:16 | More by thetomG
Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
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